Polar Pens- Polarizing with the PEN Method

As we complete a variety of ways to create interesting characters that can provide depth and conflict, we look at Hans Eysenck’s theory of three dimensions of personality. Eysenck took many of the multiple traits and boiled everything down into a model of three possible dimensions: Extraversion-Introversion Individuals with high levels of extraversion engage more in social activities. They tend to be …

Character Cats

Raymond Cattell’s Taxonomy identifies 16 different personality  factors that could be used for polarizing and dimensionalizing characters. Give them a try in your story! The following personality trait list describes some of the descriptive terms used for each of the 16 personality dimensions described by Cattell. 1. Abstractedness: Imaginative versus practical 2. Apprehension: Worried versus confident 3. Dominance: Forceful versus submissive 4. Emotional Stability: Calm versus …